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Wells Fargo San Francisco Reviews

Updated March 19, 2019
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  • "Sometimes difficult work life balance" (in 381 reviews)

  • "with out the sales goals can get complacent" (in 1281 reviews)

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  1. "Developer"

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    Current Contractor - Anonymous Contractor in San Francisco, CA
    Current Contractor - Anonymous Contractor in San Francisco, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Wells Fargo as a contractor (More than a year)

    Pros

    Good to work at a place like Wells Fargo.

    Cons

    Nothing to mention in particular.


  2. "Good company going through a lot of change"

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    Former Employee - Senior Vice President, Strategic Planning Manager in San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Senior Vice President, Strategic Planning Manager in San Francisco, CA
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Wells Fargo full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Good people. Supportive encouraging culture. Good work/life balance. Opportunity to move across different units of the company. Very sad that a few bad apples at senior level have brought so much reputational damage.

    Cons

    Can be slow and difficult to drive decisions, get agreement and get things done. Huge size means too many people want a say in every decision, and hard to find the person who can actually green light decisions. Accountability is not clear. Massive change both internally driven and regulatory, makes it hard to get things done and hard to see all the initiatives that may influence your projects. Easy to be there a long time and let your network externally slide. A lot of hiring is moving out of the SF Bay Area to MPLS and CLT.

    Advice to Management

    Agree key priorities for the firm. Agree key initiatives by business under these. Stay focused on them to make progress. Increase accountability and drive down decision making.

  3. "RBRM"

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    Current Employee - Business Relationship Specialist in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Business Relationship Specialist in San Francisco, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Wells Fargo full-time

    Pros

    - This location is mainly in SF, it is the one and only RBRM.
    - Has an Incentive Comp Plan

    Cons

    - Doesn't reimburse for commute
    - No free food or typical HH


  4. "A little bureaucratic but good company to build a career at"

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    Former Employee - Vice President in San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Vice President in San Francisco, CA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    I worked at Wells Fargo full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Many (not all) smart & hard working people. Good opportunities for advancement

    Cons

    Bureaucratic structure. Too many meetings.


  5. "Really demanding"

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    Current Employee - Bank Teller in San Rafael, CA
    Current Employee - Bank Teller in San Rafael, CA

    I have been working at Wells Fargo full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    I personally had a great job made things easier around the office

    Cons

    Working upto 6 on Saturday

    Advice to Management

    Saturday should be half day


  6. "process is established and well defined but most of employees don't want to have an ownership"

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    Former Contractor - Technical Project Manager in San Francisco, CA
    Former Contractor - Technical Project Manager in San Francisco, CA

    I worked at Wells Fargo as a contractor (More than a year)

    Pros

    I was surprisingly happy to see that WF has a good standards of processes, and they have goos tools and people who are providing enough trainings to perform the job. Also, being a big organization they constantly have new jobs, which means you can work there always,

    Cons

    Most of the people, especially young developers, don't have any coding standards, and don't do anything which I could call a dedication or ownership, those young 2 years experience developers are making 6 figures and still working from 9-5, and I'm not saying you don't need to have a work life balance, but you should actually work, and go to lunch for 2 hours work as slow as you could, because you are on L1 visa and none of this rush is expediting your visa.

    Advice to Management

    cut lot of upper management positions and simplify the org structure, to many VPs of nothing


  7. "Great people, huge company, a lot of process"

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    Former Contractor - Senior Marketing Manager in San Francisco, CA
    Former Contractor - Senior Marketing Manager in San Francisco, CA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Wells Fargo as a contractor (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    There are very smart, savvy people that work in Marketing at Wells Fargo and they are great to work with and collaborate with.

    Cons

    Since it's such a huge company, there is a lot of process and it can take forever to get projects launched which can be frustrating.

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    "WF"

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    Former Employee - Vice President in San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Vice President in San Francisco, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Wells Fargo full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Decent benefits (healthcare and generous PTO)

    Cons

    Culture, slow/bureaucratic, not merit-driven, little attempt to boost employee morale


  9. "Needs improvement"

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    Current Employee - Financial Crimes Consultant in Oakland, CA
    Current Employee - Financial Crimes Consultant in Oakland, CA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Wells Fargo full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Exposure to all aspects of BSA/AML investigations.

    Cons

    Workflow is heavy. Employees are expected to make up additional time spent on complex investigations in their own time.

    Advice to Management

    Review of case assignment procedures. A method for aleviation has to be in place when investigators have to spend a full day or more on complex cases, while four cases are being automatically assigned per day.


  10. "Lots of smart people, needs improvement"

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    Current Contractor - Marketing Program Manager in San Francisco, CA
    Current Contractor - Marketing Program Manager in San Francisco, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Wells Fargo as a contractor (More than a year)

    Pros

    They hire smart people, so there are opportunities to learn from others.
    Good work - life balance.
    Safe, diverse, thoughtful environment and peers.

    Cons

    Process gets in the way of progress, it takes far too long to get anything accomplished.
    You won't get cutting edge anything here, exceptionally conservative in all aspects.
    As a contractor you will not have all the tools you need to do your job well, and it feels designed to be that way.

    Advice to Management

    Cut the fat and keep cutting, start at the top.
    Conservative is good when we're talking risk, but not when we're talking technology - make that more of a priority. Certainly you're trying, but see process comment above.


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